The LSST Hiring Campaign continues in full force as the project staffs up to meet the demands of the construction effort. Current positions, along with those filled and coming soon, are posted online at www.lsst.org/hiring. The five individuals below have joined the project recently as examples of Top Talent Working in a Team Environment that Inspires Excellence – welcome!
Veronica Huerta joined the LSST Project Office November 3, 2014 as Compliance and Quality Administrator. She is responsible for ensuring all Project activities comply with federal regulations, awards, agreements, and applicable terms and conditions of AURA policies and procedures and the Award Management Manual. Veronica has 10 years of auditing and compliance experience, most recently from Raytheon Missile Systems where she conducted weekly policy and procedure audits to ensure compliance with government regulations. Veronica’s ability to obtain rulings, interpretations of government regulations, and approvals for compliance with federal policy will prove invaluable to the LSST Project in the construction phase’s environment of heightened compliance and regulatory oversight.
Frossie Economou joined LSST on August 4 2014, as Technical Manager for Data Management (DM) and Education & Public Outreach (EPO). She splits her time between building a team to support the development and science quality activities of the far-flung DM group and planning for the software development effort of the EPO team. Frossie is very excited by the technical ambition of the LSST project, the open-source software development culture, and the extraordinary opportunities presented by the data, both for academic research and public engagement.
The Telescope and Site subsystem added three new team members during the quarter.
Gary Muller joined the LSST Telescope and Site Mechanical Engineering group on September 8, 2014, as a Senior Mechanical Engineer with emphasis on the M1M3 Cell Assembly. This subsystem includes the 8.4-meter diameter telescope cell structure and the mirror support system. Gary worked at NOAO and the GMT prior to his return to Tucson and LSST.
Ed Stover joined the team as the Primary Mirror (M1) Senior Engineering Associate effective October 15, transferring from NSO. Since joining NOAO in 1989, Ed has worked on a diverse number of projects that includes supporting both the NOAO stellar and NSO solar communities and their scientific objectives. During his more than 23 years with NSO he helped design, install, and maintain the GONG network, and the SOLIS suite of instruments. Ed also provided a wide range of upgrading and repair support to the McMath Pierce Solar Telescope.
Jaime Seriche joined the LSST team in Chile on October 20 as the Summit Inspector Tecnico de Obras (ITO), or Worksite Inspector. Jaime previously worked in the SOAR project as Worksite Administrator and has many years of experience in the construction sector.
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